Modi says ‘thank you, UP’, sets sight on Jhark­hand and J&K

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - METRO - Man­ish Chan­dra Pandey man­ish.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Over­whelmed by the coun­try’s re­sponse to his ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ call in the Lok Sabha elec­tions five months back, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Fri­day thanked Varanasi for elect­ing him as an MP and the state for back­ing the first-ever BJP gov­ern­ment and the first majority gov­ern­ment at the cen­tre in 30 years with a 71-MP push.

“UP did won­ders for us five months back. After that we went on to re­ceive the bless­ings of peo­ple in Ma­ha­rash­tra and Haryana and I am con­fi­dent that even in Jhark­hand and Jammu and Kashmir we would re­ceive a sim­i­lar support,” the PM said, ad­dress­ing 15000-booth level BJP work­ers at the DLW. ground here “The world com­mu­nity now knows that there is a gov­ern­ment in In­dia which has a back­ing of 125 crore peo­ple. For the first time we too are ob­serv­ing the im­pact a majority gov­ern­ment has,” said the PM. Thank­ing BJP’s Varanasi work­ers for his one-sided win, he said, “We are work­ing on a plan that seeks to mod­ernise Kashi with­out disturbing the an­cient cul­tural her­itage of this great city. I am col­lect­ing feed­back on this.”

The PM mar­keted the gov­ern­ment’s re­cent schemes like Jan Dhan Yo­jana and urged Varanasi res­i­dents to en­sure that the max­i­mum mem­bers a re­from the‘ Kashi re­gion’ dur­ing the on­go­ing BJP’s mem­ber­ship drive. “If you don’t do that the party pres­i­dent is go­ing to ask me about it? I hope you know what I am talk­ing about,” he said. Re­fer­ring to the zero bank bal­ance ac­count scheme launched by his gov­ern­ment, the PM said, “De­spite the zero ac­count fa­cil­ity, peo­ple have opened their ac­counts in banks with Rs 10 and Rs 5. Against one crore ac­counts that used to be opened an­nu­ally, we are now see­ing as many ac­counts opened in a week.”

Later in the evening, the PM ad­vised the con­sti­tu­tion of a com­mit­tee for ju­di­cious util­i­sa­tion of his MP fund. He gave this ad­vice in a closed door meet­ing with se­nior party work­ers.

ASHOK DUTTA/HT

Jaya­pur res­i­dents mak­ing a ran­goli to wel­come the PM who has adopted their vil­lage.

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